Contemporary society is becoming ever more complex and the need to understand how it works is increasingly important. Sociology is the study of how society is organised, how this influences the attitudes and behaviour of individuals and the impact this has on social relationships both within and between societies. Accordingly, sociology is now commonly regarded as an essential discipline for understanding the development of all modern societies. The Sociology degree at Liverpool Hope will help you to think critically and constructively about the key questions relating to modern society.
Our sociology degree is based around a core that provides inputs from social theory and from the comparison of different forms of society. The degree will help you to examine ‘common-sense’ assumptions about the world by exploring the issues that confront society nationally and globally and studying the theories and methods that help to explain and understand these issues. It also examines and evaluates the methods of research which make the study of society possible. The degree enables you to study a range of additional topics which cover the whole spectrum of sociological inquiry.
Staff are enthusiastic and dedicated and will help you to get the most out of your degree. In line with Liverpool Hope’s commitment to social justice both nationally and internationally, Sociology attempts to understand social issues and problems that confront the modern world and, in so doing challenges received wisdom.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You also go on a number of fieldtrips, and will have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
If you are studying Sociology as a Single Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. If you are studying Sociology as part of a Combined Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and thirds years.
On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments that you may have.
Throughout your three years of study, you will have a number of assessments, including written exams, essays, portfolios, individual and group presentations tutorial portfolios and reports. In your final year, you also complete a dissertation research project on a topic of your choice.
Feedback is given to you in a variety of ways. Where essays are submitted via Turnitin, then there is electronic feedback; for exams, there is a mark sheet that is available to you with comments on your answers; and there is always personal and group feedback.
Your first year of study provides you with a complete overview of the subject and its key issues, including class, race, ethnicity and gender. You will explore poverty, education, employment, the environment, family and intimacy, religion, the media, social movements, and war and terrorism.
In your second year, you gain knowledge about key themes such as social theory, structural functionalism, symbolic interactionism, phenomenology and ethnomethodology. You explore the teachings of Marx, Weber, Durkheim and Simmel and will study post-structuralism and post-modernism. You will also learn about the various techniques of social research; how this is planned, designed and carried out.
If you are studying Sociology as a Single Honours degree, you will also look at social divisions, identities and inequalities: race and ethnicity, class, sexuality and gender, and poverty.
In your final year, you will explore key sociological debates around the nature of production and consumption in contemporary societies. You will study the nature and extent of austerity within the context of neoliberalism - especially its impact on social relations. You will also examine the role of culturally organised processes in social life, politics and social movements in the 21st century - including the aestheticisation of everyday life.
If you are studying Sociology as a Single Honours degree you will, in addition, study the social dimension of death and changing response to death, bereavement and how we mourn. How Sociology works in practice and in the public sphere is also explored.
All students complete a dissertation project.
During the August/September admissions period we are able to offer some flexibility in our entry requirements for courses that still have vacancies.
We are also offering a Foundation Year on many of our courses for students who have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualification level to enter directly onto our degree programmes.
Please call us to discuss the options available to you: 0151 291 3111
Sociology graduates are able to enter a wide range of employment opportunities, including social work, management, marketing and advertising, law, teaching, counselling, the police and the armed forces. There is also the potential to go on to postgraduate study and to become a professional sociologist.
A degree in Sociology provides you with a wide skills base that is transferable to a variety of employment and career opportunities. It equips you with the ability to reflect critically on issues, to research and analyse data in a variety of forms and to express yourself clearly.
As well as detailed subject-specific knowledge, you will also learn skills that are vital for employment in a wide range of careers, such as critical thinking, analysis problem solving and decision-making, effective written and oral communication time management, and the ability to work in a team and independently. Many employers find these skills essential and they recognise the value in employees having had a sociological education.
The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
On top of your tuition fees, you also need approximately £75 to purchase core textbooks.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This course is also available as a Combined Honours degree with the following subjects:
|Sociology and Childhood & Youth|
|Sociology and Criminology|
|Sociology and Geography|
|Sociology and Health & Wellbeing|
|Sociology and History|
|Sociology and Law|
|Sociology and Marketing|
|Sociology and Media & Communication|
|Sociology and Philosophy & Ethics|
|Sociology and Politics|
|Sociology and Popular Music|
|Sociology and Psychology|
|Sociology and Religious Studies|
|Sociology and Social Policy|
|Sociology and Special Educational Needs|